Campus Carry Update

By Erin Broomell | Copy Editor

A recent statement by Georgia Governor Nathan Deal led some to believe HB 859, otherwise known as the Campus Carry Bill, may be vetoed. The bill was passed by the Georgia senate March 15 shortly thereafter, Deal released a statement.

“As a lifetime defender and staunch supporter of Second Amendment rights, Gov. Deal has signed every pro-gun bill to reach his desk. However, he believes legitimate points have been made in regards to certain aspects of the ‘campus carry’ bill and he calls on the General Assembly to address these concerns in related legislation before Sine Die.

“Specifically, these areas of concern include dually enrolled K-12 students who leave school to attend classes at a university or technical college campus, as well as daycare centers on these same campuses. Deal also believes the governing boards of universities and technical colleges should have the discretion to set reasonable rules regarding disciplinary hearings and faculty and administrative offices. Addressing these issues is an important step in ensuring the safety and freedoms of students, faculty and staff in our institutions of higher learning throughout our state,” the statement read.

The bill has been passed by the Georgia house and senate and no changes can be made. In order for the changes Deal suggests to be made, the Georgia House and Senate must pass new legislation which contain provisions Deal supports. Deal would then sign HB 859 and the new legislation, the second taking precedent over the first.

HB 859 was passed by the house on Feb. 22. The bill in its current form would allow anyone 21 or older with a weapons license to carry a gun anywhere on a public college or university campus, except for inside dormitories, fraternities and sorority houses, and at athletic events.